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Oktoberfest: My Experience

Oktoberfest: the age-old Bavarian festival, celebrated by drinking copious amounts of beer and getting dressed up in your favourite Lederhosen or Dirndl. Here’s an account of my experience at Oktoberfest with some tips for anyone that’s thinking of venturing there.  

We turned up to Stanstead airport full of hope and dressed in our Lederhosen. Some of us had gone for quality leather ones, others resembled Peter Pan. Our flight took us to Baden-Baden, five hours by train from where we were staying. Upon arrival in Munich, the flat was not what we expected. Firstly, it had been booked as a five man despite there being six of us and, secondly, the flat owner was staying in the room adjacent and already told us that we were being too loud as we got ready. Tip No.1; Always book more than a month in advance for Oktoberfest.  

Our Spirts were lifted the following day as we woke up early for our first venture into the festival. We walked wide-eyed through the fan-fair, the festival exceeding our expectations in every way; there were rollercoasters, food and of course, enormous beer tents. We headed into one and ordered a round of steins; it was nine in the morning. There’s a tradition at Oktoberfest where, if one has to down their stein, then they must stand up on the table and drink it whilst the whole tent cheers on and throws pretzels. Now, I’m no slouch when it comes to this, but a stein holds a lot of beer and it wasn’t my first of the morning. Suffice to say, it took a while and the aftereffects were disastrous; this was eleven in the morning. Tip No.2; Practise makes perfect.

The next day we thought it would be a good idea to go into Oktoberfest dressed up as Disney princesses. It was not. Moving through the crowds we quickly realised our error as we received looks from every direction and got multiple requests for pictures; I’m fairly sure we feature in multiple cover photos still. We promptly got turned away from the beer tents and had to return home. Tip No.3, It’s Lederhosen or bust.

Our final day, the festivities were much the same; drinking, laughing and frolicking filled. It took a turn for the worst in the evening however, when one particularly intoxicated member of the group whispered to me that he had stolen the only keys to the flat and would hide them on him as a joke. However, upon arrival back at the flat he himself couldn’t find the keys. We spent the next two hours looking for the keys and coming up with creative ideas to get back in, including; breaking the door down. Thankfully the landlords of the flat picked up their phone and let us in for the small price of 300 euros. We put our heads down for half an hour before waking back up at five in the morning to head home. We all had to return to our placement jobs the next day. Tip No.4; Always book the next day off. 

Oktoberfest: the age-old Bavarian festival, celebrated by drinking copious amounts of beer and getting dressed up in your favourite Lederhosen or Dirndl. Here’s an account of my experience at Oktoberfest with some tips for anyone that’s thinking of venturing there.  

We turned up to Stanstead airport full of hope and dressed in our Lederhosen. Some of us had gone for quality leather ones, others resembled Peter Pan. Our flight took us to Baden-Baden, five hours by train from where we were staying. Upon arrival in Munich, the flat was not what we expected. Firstly, it had been booked as a five man despite there being six of us and, secondly, the flat owner was staying in the room adjacent and already told us that we were being too loud as we got ready. Tip No.1; Always book more than a month in advance for Oktoberfest.  

Our Spirts were lifted the following day as we woke up early for our first venture into the festival. We walked wide-eyed through the fan-fair, the festival exceeding our expectations in every way; there were rollercoasters, food and of course, enormous beer tents. We headed into one and ordered a round of steins; it was nine in the morning. There’s a tradition at Oktoberfest where, if one has to down their stein, then they must stand up on the table and drink it whilst the whole tent cheers on and throws pretzels. Now, I’m no slouch when it comes to this, but a stein holds a lot of beer and it wasn’t my first of the morning. Suffice to say, it took a while and the aftereffects were disastrous; this was eleven in the morning. Tip No.2; Practise makes perfect.

The next day we thought it would be a good idea to go into Oktoberfest dressed up as Disney princesses. It was not. Moving through the crowds we quickly realised our error as we received looks from every direction and got multiple requests for pictures; I’m fairly sure we feature in multiple cover photos still. We promptly got turned away from the beer tents and had to return home. Tip No.3, It’s Lederhosen or bust.

Our final day, the festivities were much the same; drinking, laughing and frolicking filled. It took a turn for the worst in the evening however, when one particularly intoxicated member of the group whispered to me that he had stolen the only keys to the flat and would hide them on him as a joke. However, upon arrival back at the flat he himself couldn’t find the keys. We spent the next two hours looking for the keys and coming up with creative ideas to get back in, including; breaking the door down. Thankfully the landlords of the flat picked up their phone and let us in for the small price of 300 euros. We put our heads down for half an hour before waking back up at five in the morning to head home. We all had to return to our placement jobs the next day. Tip No.4; Always book the next day off. 

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